You are not the only one that has sat there at least once or twice in their lifetime, hours into their cannabis-induced high, and thought, “this sativa really exhausted me today, man” or “this indica didn’t even do its job, I’m not even sleepy”.

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If you deem yourself a keen reader of well-known cannabis magazines or are a part of meetups related to cannabis, you probably are aware of the fact that there is barely any actuality at the base of everyday rendition of “indica” and “sativa.” Heylo is not the primary source behind the identification of the inadequacy of these names, despite never putting these labels on its packages.

Believe it or not, even the patron of “Sativa/Indica”, Leafly, gave up on focusing on the inefficiencies of this debate almost half a decade ago; despite developing an entire trade occupation enterprise out of classifying cannabis strains into “Indica”, “Sativa”, and “Hybrid” classes, etc.

According to Ethan Russo, who is a well-known researcher of cannabis, “You cannot tell the effects a plant will have based on its shape—the shape of its leaflets, its size, or how tall it is; what we really should be homing in on is the chemical composition of the plant.”

According to Vice, who not only joined in on this debate, they actually destroyed the whole concept of strain names, since they are known to cause problems on a lot of levels. Strain names provide absolutely no regulation and their qualities change depending upon their cultivation process, which leads to stoners obliged to classify through various labels because they do not know whether the strains that they are getting are authentic or not.


Instead of abandoning these labels completely, the good thing is that the way they are used is being changed by so many people, such as budtenders. When dealing with exhilarating weed, they say “sativa-like” and they call calming weed “indica-like”. A good example of this is Jack’s Girl strain by Heylo – a plant which is internally indica-like in its appearance and origin, but also offers sativa-like remarkable exhilarating and lively effects for consumers.


Organizations such as Strainprint and Cannabinder let consumers find out what is in their weed and how it affects them without actually having to tell them. Cannabinder lets them figure out the best eight terpenes of the weed through a color wheel (Cannastamp) on the packaging, which is also available on their app and helps them understand all they need to about their cannabis without having to learn unnecessary stuff.


Compared to how it was decades ago, consumers now are very much interested in the terpenes in the weed, and want to know everything before purchasing from a retail store. They are also more accepting of “rare” cannabinoids such as THCV, CBC and CBG – those that do not fit in with the common three.

Hence, the redefinition of this terminology is a crucial step towards more efficient cannabis experiences.